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The Dreamers (2003)

NC-17 | | Drama, Romance | 20 February 2004 (USA)
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A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.


(screenplay), (based on the novel)
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2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Robin Renucci ...
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
Himself (as Jean-Paul Leaud)
Florian Cadiou ...
Pierre Hancisse ...
First Buff
Valentin Merlet ...
Second Buff
Lola Peploe ...
The Usherette
Ingy Fillion ...
Theo's Girlfriend


Paris, spring 1968. While most students take the lead in the May 'revolution', a French poet's twin son Theo and daughter Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. As film buffs they meet and 'adopt' modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence. A sexual threesome shakes their rapport, yet only the outside reality will break it up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Bertolucci returns to politics & sex.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Innocents  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€1,321,662 (Italy), 12 October 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$142,632, 8 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,531,462, 6 June 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,082,883, 1 August 2004
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Technical Specs


| (R-rated)

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(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First film since Orgazmo (1997) that was released theatrically in the US with a NC-17 rating. Even with its NC-17 rating, major theater circuits like Regal and AMC agreed to show this film. See more »


Position of the father's hands, when he realizes Matthew isn't listening to him at the dinner table. See more »


[first lines]
Matthew: The first time I saw a movie at the cinématèque française I thought, "Only the French... only the French would house a cinema inside a palace."
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Crazy Credits

The end credits scroll down the screen (top-to-bottom), and multi-line entries are written to be read bottom-to-top. See more »


Features Shock Corridor (1963) See more »


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Published by Ice Nine Publishing Co. Inc.
Performed by Grateful Dead
Courtesy of Grateful Dead Productions
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One of the Best Movies of the Year
19 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

In 1968, while living in Paris for learning French, the nineteen years old American Matthew (Michael Pitt) meets the also film lovers, amoral and incestuous twins Isabelle (Eva Green) and Theo (Louis Garrel) in the "Cinémathèque Française" in the Palais de Chaillot and they become best friends. They stay together in the twin's apartment, while many social protests are arising on the streets of Paris.

"The Dreamers" has been released on DVD in Brazil a couple of months ago, and it certainly is one of the best movies of the year. The story conflicts the dreams of three youngsters, who breathe and see the world through the cinema, and the reality of life, on the social movements on streets of Paris. The stone through the window of their apartment is a metaphor of the awakening of Isabelle and Theo. The direction is superb, the cinematography and camera are amazing, the erotic story having the background of true events is delightful and the performance of the cast is perfect. The beauty of the unknown Eva Green is very impressive, and I really recommend this outstanding movie. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Os Sonhadores" ("The Dreamers")

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